Archive 81 was one of the first big new releases on Netflix in 2022 and appears to have performed well on Netflix globally, but Netflix has decided not to release a second season, meaning the series has been cancelled. Here’s what we know about the cancellation and why it didn’t help get a second season.
The horror series is one of the first major Netflix original series of 2022, set to premiere on January 14, 2022.
The series was a critical success for Netflix (we’ll move on to ratings success soon), receiving mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. At the time of publication, the series has an 87% rating on RottenTomatoes and a 7.4 rating on IMDb (which has been increasing over time).
Archive 81: Netflix Season 2 Renewal Status
Official renewal status: Canceled March 24, 2022
Our renewal forecast: 50/50
It’s extremely unlikely that a new series like Archive 81 will get a multi-season order right away, and that doesn’t happen. On the contrary, the series will be extended only if certain conditions are met. These include viewership, loyalty (how many people start and end a series), and other factors.
The deadline confirmed on March 24 that the series would not be returning. No further details were provided.
Based on the number of viewers (we’ll get to that in a second), we weren’t affected by the show’s renewal or cancellation. The series seemed to hit its peak in its second week, but a nearly 50% drop between weeks two and three might be bad news for the show. Cowboy Bebop has seen a similar fall.
Our sources tell us that as of February 18, 2022, no decision has yet been made on the future of the series.
The creators of the series are definitely preparing for the second season. We’ll come back to this story later, but they indicated in an interview with Variety that they have plans to do more.
“I think there are a lot of stories that we didn’t get a chance to tell in this first eight-episode season,” creator Rebecca Sonnenshine said, adding, “But we know what Davenport is up to. season 2. It’s great that we hopefully leave people with questions. I really try not to answer questions before the audience asks them. Information does not need to be provided in advance. We have a lot of cool things planned for Davenport. »
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How has Archive 81 fared on Netflix?
One of the best ways to upgrade a Netflix series is to rack up big numbers for Netflix. It’s always a tough cast for a freshman series, so let’s take a look at how Archive 81 fared on Netflix.
Thanks to data from many sources, we can see exactly how the Archive 81 is doing on Netflix.
Thanks to the new Netflix Top 10 site, we can say that in the first three weeks on the platform, the series was watched by 129.47 million hours.
|week period||View hours (M)||classify||Week in Top 10|
|from January 9, 2022 to January 16.||2022 22,220,000||7||one|
|January 16, 2022 to January 23||2022 70 980 000||(+219%) 2||2|
|January 23, 2022 to January 30||2022 36,270,000||(-49%) 3||3|
The show dropped between Jan 31 and Feb 6, with a likely 50% drop from week 3. The minimum hours tuned this week was 16.69 million listening hours.
Nielsen can give us an idea of the show’s specific performance in the US. The Nielsen Top 10 also confirms the above that the series saw a significant increase in viewership between weeks 1 and 2, likely due to the many articles and social media dedicated to the series.
Week ending January 16 – #8 – 329 million minutes configured.
Week ending January 23 – #2 – 1,035 million minutes configured.
Week ending January 30 – #8 – 462 million minutes viewed.
Between 2 and 3 weeks, the listening time is halved again. Probably a fatal blow.
Google Trends paints perhaps the most striking picture for Archive 81, showing a sharp drop after 2 and 3 weeks to the point where it is barely registered.
Archive 81: Global Interest According to Google Trends
Data from IMDb MovieMeter shows that the series managed to become the third most watched series on its platform between January 16 and 23. It was at 69 in the week of its release, demonstrating, as above, that the series was able to gain momentum after its second week. From January 30 to February 6, Archive 81 ranked 21st. In the week ending February 13, it fell to 56.
Netflix trailers are often indicative of a show’s performance on Netflix. In this case, the trailer has just over 2 million views, comparable to Raising Dion S2 and Vikings: Valhalla, but less than games like Stranger Things and The Cuphead Show!
What to Expect from Archive 81 Season 2
Let’s quickly recap the events of the last episode. Beware, spoilers.
Melody meets Steve at the mental hospital, but Melody struggles to come to terms with not being able to leave, but she eventually escapes and saves Jess. Dan eventually rescues Melody, but finds himself trapped in the 1990s (especially 1994 – a great year, by the way).
This is where the story ends, so naturally there are a lot of questions to be answered and we need to know what’s going on. We think things have changed now and Melody is doing her best to save Dan.
As for the cast, aside from a few hints, it’s likely that most of the main cast will return in one form or another.
Sonnenshine said that Samuel (played by Evan Jonigkeit) would likely return, saying it was “a very exciting branch of our story”.
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